Born in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta and raised in Caroline, Alberta, Browning was a four-time Canadian figure skating champion and four-time World Champion. He represented Canada in three Winter Olympics, 1988 (finishing 8th overall), 1992 (6th) and 1994 (5th), and was given the privilege of carrying the Canadian flag during the opening ceremonies of the 1994 games in Lillehammer, Norway. Browning's other achievements are numerous, including three Canadian Professional Championships, three World Professional Championships, a Lou Marsh Trophy for top Canadian athlete (in 1990), Lionel Conacher Award winner (1990 and 1991), Order of Canada recipient (in 1990), an American Skating World Professional Skater of the Year Award (in 1998), and a Gustav Lussi Award from the Professional Skaters' Association (in 2001). The only trophy that he never won was an Olympic medal. He is also known as the Wayne Gretzky of figure skating due to his achievements, contributions to the sport and popularity in Canada.
On March 25, 1988 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Browning landed the first quadruple jump ever in competition. This accomplishment is listed in the Guinness Book of Records. Browning is also known for his footwork.
He was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and Canada's Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2001. He also appeared in the 2006 FOX television program Skating with Celebrities.
His energy and talent are welcomed by his fans, and embraced by his fellow skaters. An absolute craftsman on skates, Kurt's natural humor and rapport with the audience will always be an obvious highlight of his performance.
Kurt enjoyed co-hosting Battle of the Blades with Ron Maclean for three years and in the fourth and final year of the show he was the head judge for the competition. He has provided color commentary for figure skating competitions on NBC and ABC, and is currently working for CBC.
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